I may or may not have done a happy dance yesterday while taking pictures of this project. This is PROJECT TWENTY THREE. And I have absolute set in stone plans for the last three projects. Which means...
I AM GOING TO FINISH.
It was a huge deal for me to get these 26 projects completed. I have set birthday goals for the past four years and I have never actually succeed in finishing half of my goals. So hooray. Serious hooray.
It seems like 2012 is the year of the black and white. I wonder when and if I am going to get tired of this color combination?
I saw yarn bottles pinned (here's the original source and tutorial) at 4:50pm on Wednesday and by 4:51 I was drinking a beer so I could start on this project. At first I made two wrapped beer bottles. But they were too similar and didn't look quite right. So some digging in the recycle bin on Thursday morning provided a wine bottle. The height difference helps, I think.
The concept is simple enough, but each took about a half hour - 45 minutes to actually wrap. It was tricky stuff getting started and then going around the "shoulders" of the bottle. Lots of patience needed for this one. For the alternating black and white, I just wrapped two strands of yarn around at the same time. That one was actually much easier because there were no ends to deal with.
Without the green plants sticking out of them, they are quite awkward, so I picked some stuff from my front yard. I should do that more often.
And here's the full mantle. It will be "complete" when there is a driftwood wreath hanging in front of that mirror. That's next.
other DIY projects shown : copper leaf canvas, string art ampersand. That framed photostrip was just made by adhering the strip to a piece of thick white cardstock. That wooden love is from here. Remember, this cute blog has the full tutorial.